Richard A. Sherman: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Richard A. Sherman

Providence,  RI  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Project Finance and Infrastructure
  • Environmental
  • Commercial/Transactional
  • Compliance & Permitting
  • Energy & Cleantech
University Brown University, A.B., 1968
Law SchoolUniversity of Denver, J.D., with honors, 1974
Admitted1974, Rhode Island and U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island; 1977, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit


American Bar Association
Rhode Island Bar Association

BornProvidence, Rhode Island, April 25, 1946

Richard has extensive experience in the area of environmental law, including federal, state and local licensing and permitting of various major commercial and industrial facilities; Brownfields site remediation and redevelopment; matters involving air pollution, water pollution, land use planning and development; freshwater and coastal wetlands; historic preservation; hazardous waste and solid waste disposal; and regulatory compliance, litigation and enforcement. Richard also advises clients on the environmental aspects of mergers, acquisitions, disposition of assets and financings. Richard is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and is listed in the Environmental Law section of The Best Lawyers In America.

Richard's clients include national, regional and local businesses, industries and individuals, and he advises these clients on a myriad of environmental planning, permitting and enforcement matters, including representing them before federal and state courts and regulatory agencies.
•Richard represented the responsible party in connection with natural resources damages assessment, remediation and litigation arising out of a major oil spill off the coast of Rhode Island.

•Richard was involved in the representation of a client in the licensing, permitting, construction, financing and operations matters of a combined cycle 500 MW electric generating facility.

•He was involved in the representation of a client in the ownership and operation of the largest municipal/commercial solid waste landfill in Rhode Island.

•He has represented a client in the licensing and permitting of a 1500-slip marina/waterfront recreational facility.

•Richard represented a client in the investigation and remediation of a former steel manufacturing site and the redevelopment of the site for mixed commercial and residential use.

Before Edwards Wildman

Between college and law school, Richard graduated from Naval Officer Candidate School and served as a junior officer aboard USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711).

Besides Edwards Wildman

Richard is a past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Society of Environmental Professionals, serves as the President of the Nopes Island Conservation Association, is a member of the Board of Governors of Weekapaug Yacht Club, and serves on the Bioethics Committee of Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.


Edwards Wildman closes $97 Million Construction Loan for Development of Two New Hotels in Boston

Edwards Wildman closed on a $97 million construction loan for the development of two new hotels in Boston's Seaport District.

Edwards Wildman Team Advises on Refinancing of One Channel Center Project in Boston

A team of Edwards Wildman attorneys recently closed on a $190m term loan and $50m in mezzanine financing for a joint venture composed of affiliates of Ares Management LLC and CV Properties LLC, secured by the One Channel Center building (leased by State Street Bank) and the Channel Center Garage in South Boston.

Cross-Office Team Successfully Advises Client in Acquisition

A team of Edwards Wildman attorneys represented Lucas-Milhaupt Warwick LLC in the acquisition of Wolverine Joining Technologies LLC, a manufacturer of brazing and soldering products with its principal facility located in Warwick, Rhode Island. The team provided comprehensive environmental and real estate services in the negotiation and closing on April 26, 2013 of the $60 million acquisition.

Edwards Wildman Team Advises Sole Shareholder in Sale of Stock

An Edwards Wildman team of attorneys advised the sole shareholder of Micronics, Inc., a New Hampshire, USA- and Stoke-on-Trent, England-based manufacturer of filtration products and equipment used in mining, water treatment and food and beverage industries, in a March 28, 2013 sale of his stock to an entity formed by Vance Street Capital, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm.

Acquisition of a Minority Interest in Pharmaceutical by Ampersand Capital Partners

An Edwards Wildman team in Boston represented the private equity firm Ampersand Capital Partners in the May 2012 acquisition of a minority interest in Eaton Veterinary Pharmaceuticals company.

Represented Nautic Partners in its Acquisition of a Vision Insurance Company

We represented Providence, RI-based Nautic Partners, a private equity firm, in a March 2012 leveraged acquisition of Superior Vision Holdings, Inc.

Groomed for Acquisition

In October 2011, a team of our lawyers represented family-owned distributor of personal grooming devices, The W.E. Bassett Company, in the acquisition by Pacific World Corporation, a portfolio company of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.

Ampersand Investment in Modified Polymer Components, Inc.

In July 2011, our lawyers represented Ampersand Capital Partners in the acquisition of a majority interest in Modified Polymer Components, Inc.

Ampersand Invests in Blue Sky Biotech

Our lawyers represented Ampersand in the majority interest acquisition in Blue Sky Biotech, Inc.

Writing for the American College of Environmental Lawyers, Richard Sherman Analyzes the Virgin Petroleum Product Quandary in Rhode Island
May 23, 2014
Environmental Law & Indemnity Agreements
May 13, 2009 event
Oil and Water Don't Mix

Edwards Wildman's Richard Sherman Analyzes Vapor Proposal Making CERCLA Assessments Longer and Costlier in Law360
June 18, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Richard Sherman Comments on Cape Wind Ruling in Law360
March 18, 2014
Best Lawyers Recognizes 54 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
October 16, 2013
Edwards Wildman Advises CoreLabs and Ampersand Capital Partners in Two-Step Acquisition, Reports The Deal
January 31, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Len Kurfirst and Richard Sherman Write Article on Vapor Intrusion in Construction Today
October 26, 2012
Best Lawyers Recognizes 56 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
September 27, 2012
Sixty EAPD Attorneys Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America
August 10, 2010
EAPD Represents IAA in Announced Acquisition of AAHI
April 29, 2010
62 EAPD Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2010
September 1, 2009
Atlantic Tele-Network to Acquire Divestiture Properties from Verizon Wireless
June 9, 2009


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Richard A. Sherman

2800 Financial Plaza
ProvidenceRI 02903


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